Monday, 12 December 2016

Continuing

Carrying on another discussion with the same gentleman at the bar, he mentioned that he'd heard an interview with a boxer who had referred to being on the dole as "on the sausage"- a phrase associated with London's cockney rhyming slang.

I happen to know a little about this subject (including the  origins of it came to be; my opponent was not aware of its history) and suggested the phrase was not familiar to me and I understood it to be "on the rock".  This was met with disbelief but I persisted and have since checked.

Surprisingly, both are correct but one is more popular than the other- info taken from Cockney Rhyming Slang:

RATINGS FOR SAUSAGE ROLL

This slang has been rated:
Classic 47 times. Modern 15 times. Mockney 37 times.

RATINGS FOR ROCK AND ROLL

This slang has been rated:
Classic 160 times. Modern 31 times. Mockney 22 times.

NOTE:  Estuary English is not Cockney either...  😊

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